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Plymouth Dome
Rhodes at the Dome, Plymouth, Devon.jpg
Seen in 2015 as the restaurant Rhodes @ The Dome
General information
Location Plymouth Hoe
Town or city Plymouth
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 50°21′50″N 4°08′31″W / 50.36383°N 4.14203°W / 50.36383; -4.14203
Current tenants None
Completed 20 July 1988

Plymouth Dome is a former museum and visitor attraction on Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, Devon. It opened in 1989 and closed in 2006. The museum had a variety of themed galleries covering the history of Plymouth as well as two observation galleries overlooking Plymouth Sound.

Commemorative Plaque Unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II, Plymouth Dome
Plaque unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 July 1988 beside Plymouth Dome

History

Opening

Plymouth Dome was built in 1988, and although it was not opened to the public until 1989, Queen Elizabeth II visited the building on 20 July 1988, during which she unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first battle of the Spanish Armada. An official opening followed in November by diplomat and academic Bryce Harland, the then-High Commissioner for New Zealand.

Lease to Wykeham Group

In 2004, it was revealed by The Independent that the museum attracted 60,000 visitors a year. However, in 2006, falling visitor numbers led Plymouth City Council to consider the attraction's future. In March, Plymouth City Council agreed to lease the building to the Wykeham Group, who were to invest £750,000 in creating a restaurant within an exhibition area in the building. However, the plans never came to fruition, and the Plymouth Dome subsequently closed.

Rhodes @ The Dome

The building remained empty for over five years. In late 2011, it was announced that celebrity chef Gary Rhodes intended to reopen it as a restaurant. Although originally due to open in late 2012, the £1.5 million restaurant Rhodes @ The Dome opened in January 2013. Rhodes ended his association with the restaurant in January 2016 and it was re-branded as "The Dome".

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